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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B-
1501 W Bradley Ave
Peoria, IL 61625
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
From Bradley University

As a mid-sized university with 5,400 students, Bradley provides students with resources not available at most small colleges including Division I sports, state-of-the art facilities and great academic variety. This size also allows Bradley to offer small classes and a student-faculty ratio of 12:1.
In addition to liberal arts and sciences, academic programs include business, communications, education, engineering, fine and performing arts, health sciences and technology. Innovative and well-recognized programs include cybersecurity, data science, entrepreneurship, game design, music and entertainment industry, direct-entry nursing, sports communication and physical therapy.
Located less than three hours from Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis, the 84-acre campus is located in a historic residential neighborhood just one mile from downtown Peoria; the largest metropolitan area in downstate Illinois.

Bradley University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
February 1
Acceptance Rate
67%
SAT Range
1090-1290
ACT Range
23-28
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$26,084/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$20,186/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.52 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.67 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.67 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    14%
  • On Campus
    86%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,462Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
144
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
33%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 51 responses
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  • Friendly
    41%
  • Career-focused
    22%
  • Enthusiasm
    18%
  • Basic
    12%
  • Cliquey
    6%
  • Outgoing
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
88%
Poll
56%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.84 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.94 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 51 responses
Report
  • Perfect class sizes
    37%
  • Calm and quaint, yet exciting and fun
    29%
  • Big enough and still personal
    12%
  • Interesting
    10%
  • Classy
    4%
  • Convenient
    2%
  • Dull
    2%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $53,600/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    78%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    96%
    National
    83%
    89%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.45 responses

    Bradley University Reviews

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    Don't listen to a lot of these reviews. There is WiFi, but it isn't the best. The campus itself is very safe, but, remember, you'll be near Peoria so exercise additional caution at night. There are some really bad teachers, but they represent the minority here. You can SIGNIFICANTLY cut out costs by joining a fraternity by up to $7,000 a year. It's possible to party here, but you gotta be smart. The university does crack down, but they're not very good at busting parties. The academics here are really good, though Sakai really sucks. Fraternity culture is simply wonderful. If you're looking to become more social, join one! The university dorms are decent, but fraternity houses are much better. I was surprised by the food at the university. Not gourmet, but definitely pay for the same quality at a higher end hotel. The campus, especially during fall, is beautiful. Overall, your experience is highly dictated by how dependent and smart you are with your time.
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    Although Bradley was extremely expensive, I honestly see why it was worth it! The professors are top of the line, and most have doctorate degrees; the campus is safe, beautiful, and the dorms are comfortable. I loved the individualized attentiveness of the professors--most classes had 20-35 students in them--versus mostly lecture halls with 200+, so you are not just a number, and there is more student/teacher interactions personally.
    I love the small campus size about Bradley, it offers a home away from home feel for me even though I am a commuter. There are a plethora of inclusive activities and clubs, that are easily accessible and involve many fun adventures. I do not think I would have gotten the same opportunities anywhere other than Bradley! If you are unsure about it, just go for it I have made tons of friends and connections the past three years here!